Just finished watching Somewhere (2010).
What mainly beguiled me into watching this movie when I first came across it was the fact that Elle Fanning was in it. But you know what, that’s not the only good thing about the movie. Sure it was a lazy film and most of the time dragging and it could have the same scene rolling for minutes but I think it is still beautiful. The fact that it shows that even successful stars have this existential crisis too is a good start. But what really moved me was the father-daughter relationship shown in the film. It didn’t have a lot of drama and there was no unnecessary emotions being flaunted but you could feel what the characters feel, thanks to the actors. You might think it boring sometimes and you’d think that there’s nothing to it really but for me, it’s one of the best films I’ve ever watched so far. I loved how an eleven year-old daughter can change a man’s outlook in life and how much she affects him. She helped him become something more that just a famous star and I think that’s the main point of this movie.
I loved how Johnny slowly matured during Cleo’s stay. My favourite part was when he was about to get in the helicopter right before Cleo leaves for camp and said “Sorry for not being around”. And though I didn’t get most of what Johnny was saying in the big phone scene at the end, I loved how emotional he got and how he cried over the phone while talking to Cleo’s mom. It was the only scene which included heavy emotions but it was more than enough.
If you haven’t watched this yet, please do, it has a sort of Blue Valentine feel to it, though not as heavy (god, Blue Valentine was really, seriously heavy). It stars Elle Fanning and Stephen Dorff. I’m sure you’d like it :)